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Chicken Nesting Boxes

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Chicken Nesting Boxes

Chicken nesting boxes are basically little cubicles where your laying hens can lay their eggs. Whether you are raising chickens for eggs or want to hatch them for meat chickens, nesting boxes are essential.

First, it gives your laying hens the privacy she needs to lay her eggs. You have to remember that your laying hens won’t be as prolific in laying in a warm and noisy environment. Chicken nesting boxes located in a cool and quiet area of the coop will provide your laying hen the ideal environment and security she needs that is conducive for egg laying and incubating, should you decide to hatch them later on. Chicken nesting boxes ARE mandatory to start raising chickens for eggs.

 

Next, chicken nesting boxes keep the eggs in good condition for collection and hatching. A well-made nesting  box that is lined with sawdust, wood shavings or commercially available rubber mats protect the eggs from breaking. Moreover, if the laying hen is incubating, she will naturally rotate the eggs 4 to 5 times a day. A well lined nesting box will ensure that the eggs will not get damaged from this process so that the chicks can hatch.

Third, Chicken nesting boxes keep eggs safe from predators. Eggs left on the ground contain a thin layer of coating that prevents it from getting bacteria until such time that the hen is ready to sit on them to hatch. This coating is what attracts predators and as such, leaving the eggs on the ground will make it an easy target for chicken predators.

Chicken nesting boxes also save you time and energy in having to hunt for the eggs. Your laying hens can lay their eggs anywhere in your yard they think is suitable. It’s a great inconvenience to have to spend the whole day looking for your chickens nesting area. This is definitely going to take some time because chickens are hard wired to look for a hidden spot where they feel that they and their eggs will be safe and secure.

The size of a chicken nesting box will depend on the size of the laying hens that will occupy it. It should not be too big but should be spacious enough for your hen to comfortably stand in. It should not be too cramped or too small either as this could also affect your hen’s egg laying capacity. Many chicken breeds can fit on a 10-inch square box, although other bigger breeds will need a 12-inch square box or bigger. While the front of the nesting box should be kept open, a lip or a covering in the bottom front of the box is necessary to keep the lining in place and prevent the eggs from falling out of the box. Sloping the top prevents the hens from using it as a roost while raising it off the ground. One nesting box can accommodate around 2 to 4 laying hens.

Nesting boxes can be fabricated using different materials. Wood is by far the most common since it is easy to assemble and build. Cleaning, however, can be quite tedious. Plastic and metal nest boxes are also now in common use today. While they are easy to clean, they have to be positioned in a cool and dark part of the coop that will not be affected by the scorching sun since they can suddenly be too hot. Other materials in the home, like old apple or soda crates, an unused bucket or cans may also be modified to become nesting boxes.

One Response to Chicken Nesting Boxes

  1. janice waldron says:

    Could a wooden nest be covered with vinyl flooring to make it easier to clean? The bottom and maybe the sides?

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